Best New Events in the World of Entertainment this November

The Dandelion Chandelier Luxury Entertainment Calendar highlights notable new events in theater, film, popular music and television in November 2018. For the rest of the Luxury Calendar, click here. And for a list of fantastic new books being published this month, click here.

If you’re the type who gets cranky when the Christmas music starts to play at the mall, the November entertainment offerings should help relieve some of your pre-holiday stress. There are fun new arrivals like Bohemian Rhapsody and The Battle of Buster Scruggs in film, the debut of My Brilliant Friend on HBO, American Son on stage and drops from Mumford & Sons and Boygenius. So stay strong, friends – and watch, listen and stream on.


Dakota Johnson plays as a dancer at a prestigious Berlin academy led by Tilda Swinton where dark forces are running amok in Suspiria from Luca Guadagnino – Nov 2

Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody – Nov 2

Disney releases The Nutcracker and the Four Realms featuring Misty Copeland – Nov 2

Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe star as parents of a boy forced to attend gay conversion therapy in Boy Erased – Nov 2

The Stockholm International Film Festival started in 1990 and is one of the largest cultural events in the Nordic region.  The festival presents 150 premieres from more than 60 countries – Nov 7 – 18

Claire Foy plays Lisbeth Salander in The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story – Nov 9

The Battle of Buster Scruggs on Netflix is the latest dark comedy Western from the Coen brothers.  Tim Blake Nelson will play Scruggs, alongside a cast that also includes James Franco, Zoe Kazan and Liam Neeson – Nov 16

Based on a 1980s British TV series, Steve McQueen’s Widows follows a group of women avenging their bank robber husbands’ deaths by going into crime themselves.  The star-studded cast includes Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Erivo as the women; Liam Neeson and Jon Bernthal as the late husbands; Brian Tyree Henry and Daniel Kaluuya as baddies; Colin Farrell as a politician; and Robert Duvall and Carrie Coon – Nov 16

London hosts the UK Film Festival – Nov 20 – 24

Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sly Stallone all return for the sequel Creed II – Nov 21

Starring Olivia Coleman as Queen Anne, The Favourite is a wicked battle of wit and manipulation with Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone playing attendants vying for the monarch’s attention – Nov 23

This year marks the 36th Torino Film Festival in Turin, Italy- Nov 23 – Dec 1

The Gotham Awards in NYC are the first honors of the film awards season.  Willem Dafoe will receive an actor’s tribute; Paul Greengrass will receive a director’s tribute; Rachel Weisz will get an actress’s tribute; and Jon Kamen will receive the industry tribute – Nov 26

Just two years after Moonlight comes Berry Jenkins’s adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, about a Harlem couple — Selma’s Stephan James and newcomer Kiki Layne — torn apart by a false rape accusation and a racially-biased justice system – Nov 30


House of Cards returns to Netflix for its final season and focuses on Claire Underwood – Nov 2

Julia Roberts makes her small screen debut as a caseworker at a facility that treats soldiers returning from war in Homecoming on Amazon – Nov 2

Outlander returns on Starz and finds Jamie and Claire navigating the dangers of the New World – Nov 4

ABC celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse with Mickey’s 90th Spectacular – Nov 4

The 52nd annual CMA Awards are on ABC.  Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host – Nov 14

The first book in Elena Ferrante’s “Neapolitan” series, about two girls growing up in 1950’s Naples who go on to have a 60-year friendship, gets the HBO treatment in My Brilliant Friend. The show was shot in Caserta, Italy, and uses the authentic Neapolitan dialect – Nov 18

My Brilliant Friend on HBO

Ben Stiller directs Escape at Dannemora which follows the true story of a New York State prison escape by two murderers, who got a helping hand from a married prison employee. Benicio Del Toro, Patricia Arquette, and Paul Dano star in this Showtime series – Nov 18

On AMC, the suspenseful mini-series The Little Drummer Girl premiers – Nov 19

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will air live on NBC from NYC at 9:00a and finish with Santa’s arrival at noon – Nov 22

The 2018 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit, and for the first time the celebration will feature live performances at Rockefeller Plaza, aired live on NBC – Nov 28

The Cher Show opens at the Neil Simon Theater – Nov 1

Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin’s new stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, begins previews this month. Jeff Daniels stars as Atticus Finch at the Shubert Theatre – Nov 1

Kerry Washington returns to Broadway at the Booth Theater with Steven Pasquale in American Son – they play an estranged couple looking for their son at a police station – Nov 4

War Horse makes its West End debut at the London National Theater – Nov 8

The Christmas Spectacular starring The Radio City Rockettes opens at Radio City Music Hall – Nov 9

The widely acclaimed National Theatre production of Network – starring Tony, Olivier, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale – transfers to Broadway at the Belasco Theatre – Nov 10 – Mar 17

Following a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Almeida Theatre, Rebecca Frecknall’s production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke transfers to the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season – Nov 10 – Jan 19

Hansol Jung’s play, Wild Goose Dreams, about a South Korean father whose family left for America, and a North Korean defector who left her family to travel south, returns to the Public Theater, where it had a developmental run in 2017 – Nov 14

A Chorus Line, the 2018 New York City Center Annual Gala Presentation, is an annual joyous celebration of dance and musical theater – Nov 14 – 18

Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Beast, Genius) star as warring brothers Austin and Lee in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West at the Vaudeville Theatre – Nov 23

In The White Album at BAM, Lars Jan sets a live reading of Joan Didion’s essay of elegantly-articulated anomie at a house party – Nov 28 – Dec 1

Popular Music

Chris Stapleton plays MSG – Nov 2

Headlining The 02 Arena in London is Childish Gambino – Nov 4

Pharrell: A Fish Doesn’t Know It’s Wet ($55) documents the continuing adventures in art and design of one of the most influential figures in contemporary music and popular culture – Nov 6

Iceland Airwaves is a music festival in Reykjavik with performances held in small venues throughout the city; this year will feature 240 acts from over 25 countries – Nov 7-10

Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus have formed the uniquely nurturing indie-rock supergroup Boygenius.  Their self-titled debut album drops this month – Nov 9

Shape of You singer Ed Sheeran makes his last stop in North America when he plays Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium – Nov 9

Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Florida with the best in electronic dance music, full-size carnival rides, performers and art at Tinker Field – Nov 9 – 10

For the first time in 10 years Christina Aguilera is on tour.  This month she heads down south, stopping in New Orleans – Nov 9

In London, the Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns with array of festive shows and performances, pop-up shops and activities with a circus theme, and a Christmas market – Nov 9 – Jan 6, 2019

Michelle Obama will kick off her U.S. book tour in support of her highly anticipated memoir, Becoming, at the United Center in Chicago – Nov 13

Korean pop group BTS plays the Tokyo Dome – Nov 13 – 14

Dropping this month is Mumford & Sons newest album Delta – Nov 16

This year has been huge for Travis Scott. With his album Astroworld beating out Nicki Minaj’s Queen for the #1 spot their opening weekend, he is playing some of the biggest venues of his career, including MSG – Nov 27

Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour stops in Miami – Nov 24

The British stadium rock group The 1975 are releasing their 3rd album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships – Nov 30

New Podcasts

Werk It! A Women’s Podcast Festival is two full days of conversations, workshops, live tapings, networking events and one-on-one mentoring sessions in NYC.  It’s also your chance to pitch a show, incubate a pilot and score a development deal with WNYC Studio – Nov 13 – 14

New from New York Magazine is The Cut on Tuesdays. Each weekly episode brings you women’s voices on culture, style, sex, politics and people.

Pushing boundaries and empowering women along the way. the On Her Turf podcast highlights amazing women- and their male allies- who are champions on and off the field and who motivate people to be the best versions of themselves

Looking for something fun to listen to on with your kids on the your upcoming holiday road trip?  Story Pirates is a group of world-class actors, comedians, improvisers and musicians who adapt stories written by kids into sketch comedy and musical theater. Grandma’s house, here we come!

See other November 2018 Events:

— Travel

— Food & Drink

— Planes, Yachts & Autos

— Fitness & Sports

— Fashion & Design

— The Arts

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